Classic TV in 1979: Your Guide to All the Shows Celebrating 40th Anniversaries This Year!

Climb back aboard our time machine as we take another trip into the past of television history. We’ve gone as far back as 60 years with television series debuting in 1959 (Bonanza, Dennis the Menace and The Twilight Zone among them), then traveled to 1969 and such golden oldies as Marcus Welby, M.D., The Courtship of Eddie’s Father and Scooby-Doo. Well, now it’s 1979’s turn, and we’re highlighting a total of 17 shows that premiered 40 years ago.

Such popular favorites as The Dukes of Hazzard, The Facts of Life, Hart to Hart and Knots Landing got their start then, as did shows you’ve probably never heard of (or wish you hadn’t) like McLean Stevenson’s Hello, LarryMrs. Columbo and Supertrain; as well as the return of TV favorites like Carol Burnett and Mary Tyler Moore.

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All told, it’s an interesting mix of shows, and for both good and for bad, you’ll no doubt be saying to yourself: they don’t make ’em like that anymore.

The Classic TV shows of 1979 are waiting for you — scroll down to see!

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